58-60 Raglan Street. Daylesford, Victoria

Situated just under a kilometre from both the main street and railway station of what is Australia’s most popular spa town is this very rare pair of single storey double fronted Victorian terraces.

I’ve been unable to find much on these terraces apart from the fact that they are protected by a Hepburn Shire Council heritage overlay (HO
452) and that the pair is considered to be of local significance.1 The paintwork makes these terraced houses it somewhat difficult to date. From the style with its relatively restrained lacework and party wall-less gabled roofline, they appear to date to about the mid 1880s (though similar single storey terraces in Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat were built later). This would coincide with the arrival of the railway service to Daylesford (1880-1882) and its location would have been ideal for any speculative development in what was a booming town, though relatively smaller in comparison to other Victorian goldfields.

Pair of terraces at 58-60 Raglan Street. Daylesford, Victoria

Pair of terraces at 58-60 Raglan Street. Daylesford, Victoria

Architecturally they follow the gable plan with the chimneys at midpoints between the gables providing fireplaces for all four principal rooms. The roof looks to be in its original painted corrugated iron.

Number 58 has recently operated as a bed and breakfast.

References

  1. Hepburn Shire Planning Scheme. Schedule to the Heritage Overlay. pg 31

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